A retail footprint for Amazon?

From a recent RetailWire discussion about Amazon having an interest in some old Borders locations:

The concept of “the publishing business at retail” is the real issue here. The definition is changing rapidly, as digital content delivery turns traditional bricks-and-mortar retail on its ear. (Just ask Blockbuster.) As I said a couple of months ago when Borders announced its big wave of store closings, there was a Borders, a B&N and an independent within a five-mile radius of my house. Meanwhile, I have not bought a printed book in the two years that I’ve owned a Kindle.

Having a retail footprint may make sense for Amazon, as long as it can cherry-pick the best locations. It apparently serves a tactical purpose pertaining to the looming issue of sales taxes, but won’t be a significant part of Amazon’s overall business.

 

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